It’s pronounced “la-moyle” and is one of Vermont’s northern counties and it happens to hold some of the most sublime gravel riding in the Northeast. The 2014 inaugural ride was a smash hit – fantastic weather, a hearty group of riders and an incredible after party. And it will be even better in 2017…….this is one ride you won’t want to miss.
The route is approximately 100K (with a 50K option) , mostly gravel roads through the stunning Vermont countryside and will include nearly 6,000 feet of climbing. Yeah, it’s hard. But the decision is easy, you gotta put some gravel in your travel!
Raid – Our definition? A raid is a challenging route that includes a significant amount of packed-gravel riding and some major climbing segments. Some would call it a dirt road randonee, others a gravel grinder, we just call it a Raid. This is not a race. A properly prepared rider and bike of most any type can do this. Our guarantee – you will finish tired but feeling accomplished. It’s probably not for everybody, but you’re not everybody, right?
“I did Lamoille this year. That was the most enjoyable ride I have ever done. That includes training rides here in Texas, races here, and the Vermont 50. The Raid Lamoille was the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike. ” – Trevor
Epic Route – Epic Ride!:
Here’s what you need to know: 100K of riding, lots of packed gravel roads featuring a devilish assortment of hills and nearly 6000′ of climbing!
“Scrubbed” cue sheets will be handed out at the event – as you know, online route-mapping software sometimes throws in a Right when it should say Left, hence the scrub! The route may have arrows at critical intersections too.
A course link (with GPX link) will be provided prior to the ride. The official guide is the cue sheet you receive at the ride.
The Rasputitsa Spring Classic
We started out as two friends with a hope to get 50 riders to travel the backroads in which we live. It was really that simple. What we established was one of the best Vermont Gravel Road Races, the Rasputitsa Spring Classic. We created an unsanctioned gravel road race that challenge the human spirit and strength. And we live by three principles:
Love of Cycling
Love of Community
Love of Charity
More than anything we care about our racers. We are at the finish line shaking hands. We are constantly seeking their advice and input. We ride with our racers. We are small. In fact, we don’t want to grow over 500 racers per race so we never lose that small town feeling.
We are unsanctioned. No license. No prize purse. Have a bike and the will to race and you are a match for our races. We attract road, cyclocross, singlespeed, mountain bike, tandem, and fatbikes. But we are a race. We are timed. We have podiums. And mostly our winners have bragging rights.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
START TIME: 10 AM
START FINISH LOCATION: Suicide Six Ski Area, 247 Stage Road, Pomfret, VT
Ran in conjunction with Vermont Sugar Maker’s Open House Weekend and the Woodstock Inn & Resorts Maple Madness Weekend, VOMAR is an epic gravel road bicycle ride featuring a different destination working Vermont sugarhouse every year!
Check out the photos from this year’s VOMAR:
The Trans-Vermont Challenge is a 7-day point-to-point tour starting at the Canadian border traversing Vermont and ending in Williamstown, MA. In those 7 days, we will cover 350 miles – 240 of which is on dirt and gravel roads. Oh yeah, we will also be climbing about 36,000 feet of vertical – it is Vermont after all.
We will be stopping along the way at some of the finest accommodation that Vermont has to offer and partaking in some of the freshest farm-to-table meals anywhere. All of your luggage will be moved for you and waiting in your room each afternoon when you arrive from the day’s ride. All you have to do is ride your bike, eat, hydrate and rest. http://gravelgrindertours.com/
The “original” route is long, over 125 miles, and it takes in some of the most challenging and beautiful roads here in Vermont.
The route is over 85% dirt. The majority of that dirt is found on well maintained dirt and gravel roads, but the remainder are on Class IV roads. Class IV roads are often referred to as:
Double Track, Jeep roads, Vermont Pave’, ATV trails, etc. These sections will be challenging both to you and your bike.
But fear not, the most challenging sections will have ride-arounds.
There is a large selection of water stops and convenience stores along the way, so you can either opt to be self-supported, or you can stop and buy food and drinks along the way; it’s up to you.
There are swimming holes to be found out there as well.
Happy 2016 everyone!
Looking ahead to the August, and IRR 5.0 we are in the planning stages as we speak. We’ve tentatively pencilled the ride in for 8/6/2016. It’s a Saturday, and the weather forecast looks incredible (jokes).
Please keep an eye here, and on Bikereg.com for the official registration information and reach out with any question.
Due to the growth of the event, it does not look like we will be able to secure camping sites at Little River State Park for a large group this year, so if you’re interested in that option please contact the Vermont State Park reservation office here. Be aware, that for stays less than 4 nights reserved this far out, you need to call the office.
See you all in August!
Please use the event address to find your way to the start, which is at the Ice arena in Waterbury, VT.”
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